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Somebody's Somebody

This is simple story with a powerful message.

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Somebody’s Somebody

By: Rachel Gucwa

 

Everybody is somebody’s somebody.

 

Somebody’s daughter.

Somebody’s father.

Somebody’s brother.

Somebody’s aunt.

 

Everybody is somebody’s somebody.

 

Somebody’s grandma.

Somebody’s son.

Somebody’s cousin.

Somebody’s friend.

 

All the people that you meet 

As different as you think you could be,

That person is just like you,

That person is just like me.

 

Somebody’s uncle.

Somebody’s sister.

Somebody’s mom.

Somebody’s love.

 

People seem so different

When really we’re quite the same

We all want to be treated with kindness,

Be treated fair, and 

Have people know our name.

 

Whenever you are lonely

And need somebody to love

Look into the mirror

You are somebody’s someone. 

 

Reach out and love somebody

Take good care of one another.

We’re all somebody’s somebody

And 

We all belong to eachother.

 

Be somebody who makes everybody 

Feel like a somebody.

Describe the intended vision for your early childhood book manuscript in 1-2 sentences

The book was designed to foster both a sense of belonging and a sense of community.

Share your suggested book title

Somebody's Somebody

PLEASE USE THE VERSION OF THIS QUESTION AT THE TOP OF THE SUBMISSION FORM: Share a draft of your manuscript (250 word limit, not including title).

Somebody’s Somebody By: Rachel Gucwa Everybody is somebody’s somebody. Somebody’s daughter. Somebody’s father. Somebody’s brother. Somebody’s aunt. Everybody is somebody’s somebody. Somebody’s grandma. Somebody’s son. Somebody’s cousin. Somebody’s friend. All the people that you meet As different as you think you could be, That person is just like you, That person is just like me. Somebody’s uncle. Somebody’s sister. Somebody’s mom. Somebody’s love. People seem so different When really we’re quite the same We all want to be treated with kindness, Be treated fair, and Have people know our name. Whenever you are lonely And need somebody to love Look into the mirror You are somebody’s someone. Reach out and love somebody Take good care of one another. We’re all somebody’s somebody And We all belong to eachother. Be somebody who makes everybody Feel like a somebody.

How has this book been informed by early childhood language development research and evidence? (response minimum 250 Characters)

The book uses simple language, repetition, and rhyme to support language development.

Please describe any familiarity you may have with Philadelphia and its residents? (optional question)

I live in Philadelphia and I am familiar with many of the city's diverse group of residents that call Philadelphia Home.

How have you crafted this manuscript to resonate with and/or reflect the experiences of those living in urban contexts? (optional question)

In a city, you are exposed to so many people. People who may seem so different from you. Racial, ethnic, and financial diversity often separates people from one another. However, when one views people in their community under the umbrella of shared humanity and the shared human experience, suddenly we're not so different. Barriers are broken down, we become more compassionate and more welcoming of someone we once viewed as 'the other'.

Location: Country

USA

Location: State or Department

PA

Location: City

Philadelphia

Tell us more about you / your team

I work with many individuals who are struggling with homelessness and addiction. These wonderful people are often stigmatized by society. This books aims to reduce some of the stigma often associated to people who seem different from you and to help readers become more compassionate to each person that they meet.

Provide an example visual identity for a look and feel you might like to achieve. ( (optional question, 3-5 visuals)

I think a simple black and white book with simple fun illustrations could help shape this book. Part of me thinks that a really abstract representation (such as using cute, personified puzzle pieces) could be helpful in creating the imagery and solidifying the message, that we are all connected and we all need one another to create a complete image.

Multiple Choice - Have you been previously published (online, self-published, and print included)?

  • No

Do you have an agent?

  • No

How did you hear about the Challenge? (optional question)

  • Someone in my network (word of mouth)

What best describes you? (optional question)

  • I am/we are creatives, writers, or artists

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Hi Rachel. I really like your simple text with a big message. Great last line for sure.

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